ISLAMABAD - Though the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Chairman Admiral (r) Fasih Bokhari had disbanded the five-member joint investigation team(JIT) constituted to probe Malik Riaz-Arsalan Iftikhar graft case, but the NAB members of the team are still working on the data and record gathered so far.
Sources in the department informed TheNation that soon after the apex court barred the JIT – working under Financial Crimes Investigation Wing (FCIW) DG Malik Kausar Iqbal - from functioning, the chairman took a proactive move and disbanded the JIT and sent back the members from Islamabad Police and FIA, with the decision that NAB would now conduct probe into the matter on its own.
But as the apex court had given the direction to the JIT to stop investigation till the time the court would decide on the review petition of Arsalan Iftikhar expressing no-trust on the credibility of some of the members of JIT, the NAB would wait for the court’s direction.
Interestingly, the NAB members of the JIT were continuously working on the case and meeting on regular basis to examine the documents and other pieces of evidence provided to them by property tycoon Malik Riaz Hussain.
When contacted, the NAB spokesman confirmed that they would conduct the inquiry into the matter on its own but denied that NAB officials were continuing with its probe and said they would resume the job in the light of court’s direction.
But sources in the department confirmed to TheNation that the NAB members of disbanded JIT – supervised by FCIW DG Malik Kausar Iqbal - were working on the data available with them in connection with the case and were meeting on regular basis in NAB offices.
It is pertinent to mention that the counsel of Arsalan Iftikhar had also shown reservations about Malik Kausar in the review petition filed in the Supreme Court.
Sources said they were ready to take their hands off the whole matter in case the court would direct them so and that was the reason the NAB officials were busy ordering the evidence collected so far and drawing up the contours of the case.